The group of children who did not visit the dentist for a medical examination has grown in the year of Corona 2020. Research on this was carried out by the Vektis Knowledge Center on behalf of Pharos. The latter Center of Expertise in the field of health warns of the consequences. If children are not treated for caries, it can subsequently lead to diabetes, lung and cardiovascular diseases, rheumatism and pregnancy complications.
Toddlers, primary school-aged children, and high school students visited the dentist less in 2020 for checkups than in the previous year. In children aged 2 to 3 years, this group grew from 56 to 61 percent. An increase of 13 to 18 percent was observed in the 4- to 11-year-old group, and a similar development was seen in the 12- to 17-year-old group.
Researchers believe that due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, few children have seen the inside of the dentist’s office room. Dentists were only allowed to treat emergencies for a period of time. In addition, people stayed away for fear of infection. Research has shown that many adult dental avoiders have also stopped sending their children for a check-up.
If children are left with tooth decay for a long time, they may suffer from pain, infections and even the loss of baby teeth. Researchers have warned that they are more at risk if they already have health problems. “If bacteria from these children’s mouths get into the bloodstream, it could cause them to develop chronic diseases.”
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